Staying sober from sex or porn addiction is not easy, especially when there is a dedicated season around Valentines to make people think about love, sex, relationships or meeting that perfect someone. There is also a lot of adverts on billboards, posters and TV with sexy people in the adverts and generally not wearing very much. It can feel impossible to navigate around life without being triggered and activating your sex addiction or porn addiction. At the Laurel Centre, we understand how hard it is for people with sex addition and porn addiction to stay on their recovery journey, and our team of sex addiction and porn addiction counsellors focus a lot of the therapy on relapse prevention. One of the first steps when a sex addict or porn addict stops acting out, is to recognise their cravings and triggers. Triggers and cravings are connected to one another.
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Sex addiction is by definition a pattern of compulsive sexual behavior that resembles any other behavioral addiction such as gambling addiction in that it is maladaptive and difficult to put down. You may think of sex addiction in any of a number of ways: as a symptom of deeper problems relating to early attachment injury, or a constellation of symptoms such as intimacy avoidance, secrecy and dissociation, or a brain disorder resembling chemical dependency. Or all of the above.
Sex addiction can be described as self-destructive sexual behavior that one is unable to stop despite knowing their predictable adverse consequences. The frequent destructive sexual activity is not emotionally fulfilling and results in problems in marriage, social relationships, health, employment, finances, and the law. The compulsive behavior interferes with the normal daily life and its responsibilities and can cause devastating results. Read along further to find out about what sexual addiction is, what are its signs and symptoms, its causes and risk factors, and how to deal with it by seeking sex addiction help.